Palermo is an ancient port city that is filled with many palaces, cathedrals, and museums. A very walkable city, you can easily reach the historic center of Palermo on foot from the cruise port. Don’t be surprised if you come across Arab-influences (such as in architecture), as the Arabs once held a predominant influence over this city. It is a perfect mixture of European and Arab influences. There are numerous landmarks and interesting things to do in this city.
A great time to visit Palermo is between April and July, or between September and November, for the most ideal weather. Summer months (June, July, August) are great there, but they're also typically Palermo’s hottest months.
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Palermo, along with a brief description:
♦ Teatro Massimo
Art and culture lovers are certain to be fascinated by Teatro Massimo, Palermo’s grand opera house. Located right in Piazza Verdi, it is one of Europe’s largest opera houses, able to accommodate over 1,300 guests. The building features a neo-classical façade with an art—nouveau interior, certain to aesthetically please anyone who is interested in architecture. For a small fee, you can tour the inside of this landmark. If you’re lucky, you might get to catch the orchestra during rehearsal!
♦ Cattedrale di Palermo
Also known as Palermo Cathedral, this Roman Catholic church is one of the most ornate churches in the city. Despite many exterior modifications over the centuries, it remains a great example of the Arab influences that once dominated Palermo. For a small fee, you can visit the royal tombs located in the church’s crypt, as well as access the rooftop. The panoramic views from the top are simply spectacular, providing you with a breathtaking view of the city center.
♦ Catacombe dei Cappuccini
If you’re looking for a truly unique activity before or after your cruise from Palermo, consider checking out this eerie crypt, where you can get up close with over 7,500 mummies and skeletons. Many are still dressed in original clothing, and are relatively well-preserved. This is a great activity if you’ve seen most of the landmarks in Palermo and the surrounding cities.
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